Rainy and windy conditions are in the forecast for Friday and Friday night, lingering into Saturday. The National Weather Service says the chance of precipitation Friday is 70 percent.
East-northeast winds at 13 to 18 mph, becoming more southerly in the afternoon are expected during the day Friday with wind gusts up to 26 p.m.
Rain chance drops to 50 percent overnight with a 40 percent chance on Saturday. Blustery conditions will continue on Saturday with winds of 15 to 30 mph and gusts as high as 31 mph.
The NWS says residents should be prepared for possible thunderstorms Friday and Saturday, as a low pressure forms in the Gulf of Mexico and moves across north Florida. Two to five inches of rain is possible in areas from Tampa northward. Flood watches are warnings are in effect in many northern counties. Pinellas is not included.
Wind speeds of 20 to 33 knots and seas of up to seven feet are forecast out in the Gulf, creating hazardous boating conditions for small craft operators.